Utah's Sen. Mike Lee was driving force behind USA Freedom Act to end NSA collection and storage of "metadata"
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Lois M. Collins: Cupboards-bare plea shines light on need that extends well beyond one man's troubles
When Clarence Blackmon asked for help, his needs were met quickly and with great generosity. But it's more than a heart-warming story; it's a reminder of the invisible who live among us and the... Read more »
Uber cars, Craigslist, eBay, Airbnb; you know them, you may use them. What you may not know is that they go by other names in the economic world: the sharing economy, collaborative consumption and... Read more »
All of Asia — the fastest growing part of the world economy — is watching the debate over the Trans-Pacific Partnership. If Congress derails Obama's trade policies, these countries will... Read more »
The I-Squared Act is good for the economy, for tech workers and for Utah. At its core, the bill is focused on updating decades-old immigration laws to meet the needs of the 21st century economy. Read more »
Utah Ignite is the westernmost gigabit hub. Even though Seattle, Portland and San Francisco were interested in joining, "they don't have the same kind of penetration [of gigabit fiber] that exists... Read more »
Public policy is informed by ideology, but should not be controlled by it. The best public policy occurs when we draw the best ideas from the left and the right to avoid or solve complex problems.... Read more »
Utah’s confusing weather — rain and high mountain snow interspersed with summer-like heat — is a perfect backdrop to the turmoil in Utah politics. We offer our... Read more »
There’s an enormous credibility gap between those who support Healthy Utah and those who oppose it. The credible consensus tells us Healthy Utah is our best option. Read more »
John Florez: Looking at Utah's prison relocation efforts by revisiting my grade-school civics lessons
The state prison relocation efforts appear to be more like how we used to play sandlot baseball. There we made the rules as we went along, and the kid that brought the bat and ball usually ended up... Read more »
Embracing pseudoscience as the centerpiece of an advertising and branding effort is an act of corporate irresponsibility. Read more »
Utah's graduation-rate improvements are significant. Yet, there's still much work to be done. What accounts for impressive progress? And what are ongoing barriers? And are we reaching our breaking... Read more »
I do agree that man’s behavior and the use of fossil fuels do have an impact on the environment; however, man’s impact has been grossly exaggerated to achieve desired political results.... Read more »
For some consumers, Salt Lake International Airport has turned into a Baghdad bazaar, where weary travelers find themselves haggling for the best price into the city. Or at least that’s what... Read more »
Will the new state prison be another cage, which creates dismal offender outcomes, or will we build something based on modern-day best practices: something that rehabilitates rather than abuses and... Read more »
Today's saturating media tug children beyond childhood prematurely, but not to maturity. Children are cosseted by intensive parenting that encourages passivity and dependency and stunts their... Read more »
Just imagine how many laws we would have if the Utah Legislature were in session more than 45 days a year. Read more »
Organized religion is losing ground in the United States. Atheists and agnostics now constitute over 7 percent of Americans, while those who say they have no religion in particular are at 15.8... Read more »
At the core of the same-sex marriage debate is the understanding of human dignity, one that embeds individual dignity within shared communal goods and responsibilities. It's a more traditional... Read more »
The truth is that the EPA's Clean Power Plan is a win-win for all Utahns, from our grandkids to seniors by helping to clean our air, ensure energy independence and improve our economy for the years... Read more »
Both Judaism and Christianity have made progress over the centuries in weeding out dualism — reinterpreting their violent scriptural texts and finding resources of "respect for the other." Read more »
Stress imposes a corrosive burden in the lives of employees and is a significant cost to employers. Read more »
Is the convergence of rising inequality and falling economic growth simply a coincidence? Or is more inequality a cause of weaker growth, a consequence of it — perhaps both? We lack... Read more »
The United Kingdom has just concluded its elections for Parliament. Therein lies a lesson for the United States about the value of having a robust two-party system of democratic politics. Read more »
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Living here, you might reasonably assume the Great Recession is a fading memory in the nation’s history. You would be wrong. Read more »
Utah Sen. Mike Lee has successfully championed the bipartisan USA Freedom Act, which would end the NSA’s blanket “metadata” collection and storage activities. The U.S. Senate... Read more »
Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes is being dogged by a conflict of interest charge again. Last December, it was his unwillingness to defend Senate Bill 54. This time, it is over a campaign donation... Read more »
I believe every Republican should support Gov. Gary Herbert’s Healthy Utah plan because good people are suffering and because Utah’s working poor cannot afford access to health care. Read more »
Frankly, I hope I’m completely wrong about all of this. Just to be safe, however, I’m hanging onto my 2000 model sedan. Read more »
Members of the Prison Relocation Commission (PRC) have been making false claims about the prison relocation study. The PRC is touting a study that did not review enough aspects of the prison move... Read more »
It is precisely because of the fact that we are part of our environment that human beings should take greater steps to ensure its protection and long-term sustainability, not just for ourselves,... Read more »
Hinkins & King: No losers in Utah’s Public Lands Initiative: Wilderness is the currency that brings all parties to the table
In the battle over the fate of Utah’s public lands, wilderness has become the currency with which certainty can be bought. Read more »
President Obama has rightly called for releasing prisoner Jason Rezaian, who is a Washington Post reporter, as well as American Pastor Saeed Abedini. Washington should renew that call now. Read more »
The recent Pew Forum Report, "America's Changing Religious Landscape," does not bode as grimly as many would have the American public believe. Read more »
An op-ed by George Will (“ ‘Sustainability mania' only bloats rates, cuts savings,” April 16) underscores the importance of going beyond third-party claims to understand the facts... Read more »
Politics at home may cost the United States a place in two key global trade agreements — the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. Together, the... Read more »
On any list of calamities threatening the world economy, a China crash ranks at or near the top. Already, China's sizzling rate of economic growth has declined. The question is whether the... Read more »
What are the pros and cons of a potential agreement between the United States and Iran, two countries that have not had diplomatic relations since the 1979 hostage-taking in Tehran? The... Read more »
Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Mediocre 'favorability' ratings hint at Utah's varied attitudes toward Congress
Last week, a UtahPolicy.com poll, which was picked up by other media, showed mediocre “favorability” ratings for Utah’s four U.S. House members. Your columnists weigh in. Read more »
Funding transportation infrastructure is one of the core responsibilities of government. Whether those roads are paid for by corporate taxation, by a steeper gas tax or by something else,... Read more »
Global trade is a key driver for Utah’s economy. Overall, more than one in five jobs in Utah depends on international trade, and medical technology is just one of the sectors that can grow... Read more »
Rather than paying out unsustainable benefits until the Social Security trust fund is exhausted, we should start reducing benefits now until they are at a sustainable level. Read more »
What’s our national debt? The financial one that comes to mind is subservient to a second and deeper national debt. As we enter a patriotic period of Memorial Day, Flag Day and the Fourth of... Read more »
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